Salary is commensurate with experience and education.
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Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW), founded in 1997 at the University of Washington School of Law, works to exonerate the innocent, remedy the causes of wrongful conviction, and offer law students an outstanding education. IPNW seeks a staff attorney to serve as our DNA fellow. The position reports to the IPNW Executive Director. The fellow will manage an active caseload of post-conviction DNA cases and implement federal grant initiatives to expand access to post-conviction DNA testing.
IPNW is committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.
This position requires knowledge of legal motions practice in Washington courts and the application of forensic DNA evidence in criminal cases. The DNA fellow will interface with DNA experts, conduct outreach and training for volunteer attorneys, and coordinate with pro bono partners in efforts to seek DNA testing for qualified prisoners. The position requires excellent analytic and research skills, the ability to effectively advocate in oral and written communications, competence in effectively working with diverse communities, and ability to effectively manage projects and work independently and professionally under the pressure of frequent deadlines.
The DNA Fellow is integral to providing continuity of representation for IPNW clients and summer coverage for IPNW DNA cases handled by clinic students and faculty. The position supports program objectives by providing case assistance to IPNW staff attorneys, faculty, and students; acting as lead or co-counsel with pro bono partners to expand access to post-conviction DNA testing to more clients; and serving the community by improving the truth-seeking mission of Washington's criminal justice system.
Work with IPNW staff to conduct case evaluation and review;
Represent prisoners across the state in efforts to obtain DNA testing including researching, writing and litigating motions for post-conviction DNA testing;
Prepare cases to place and/or co-counsel with community partners;
Serve as resource to IPNW clinical faculty, legal staff, students and interns;
Assist with summer coverage for IPNW's DNA clinic cases;
Travel to conduct prison visits, court hearings, or to coordinate with pro bono partners.
Grant Program Initiative Duties
Support IPNW engagement in prisons, as well as legal and non-legal communities to foster education and community awareness of innocence issues and IPNW services;
Execute federal grant projects by interfacing with grant partners, consultants and agencies;
Conduct outreach and training for pro bono lawyers.
Juris Doctorate degree
Admitted to Washington State Bar, or eligible for admission or reciprocity by March 2016
Excellent analytic, research and writing skills
Experience researching, writing and arguing motions
1-2 years of experience in criminal defense, innocence or post-conviction work
Culturally competent and demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities
Requires computer experience including working with MS Office
Ability to work independently and professionally under the pressure of frequent deadlines in a fast-paced environment
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Familiarity with forensic science and DNA evidence
Experience with Washington's post-conviction DNA testing statute & cases
Experience with case management software
Fluency in Spanish
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.